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Curtain
(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994 / Andernach)

Curtain

the final curtain on one of the longest running
musicals ever, some people claim to have
seen it over one hundred times.
I saw it on the tv news, that final curtain:
flowers, cheers, tears, a thunderous
accolade.
I have not seen this particular musical
but I know if I had that I wouldn't have
been able to bear it, it would have
sickened me.
trust me on this, the world and its
peoples and its artful entertainment has
done very little for me, only to me.
still, let them enjoy one another, it will
keep them from my door
and for this, my own thunderous
accolade.

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Comments (15)

I agree with his thoughts about a long-running musical, which has finally come to an end. I have no time for movies in cinemas or stage musicals. I much prefer to watch my own music DVDs at home alone. Modern stage musicals are seriously boring. I like his phrase, 'trust me on this'.
The ending says it all! He is the master!
the final curtain on one of the longest running musicals ever, ..// finest poem penned
I wonder what Mr Bukowski would have thought of so called entertainment on Saturday evenings here in the U.K.? ! I reckon he would have destroyed his T.V! I wholeheartedly agree with the cynical tone of this poem.
As usual Bukowski gets the bottom of the and the core of the matter in his usual terse way The poem is almost telling the reader to go away Great write
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